This is an original authentic work of art by Juan W. Mirabal (1903-1970) of Taos Pueblo, New Mexico and dated to circa 1936. The work of art features a Taos Native American Indian man on horseback performing a ceremony. Juan Mirabal, Taos Pueblo artist, was joined by tow other Pueblo artist, Albert Lujan and Albert Looking Elk in painting in a realistic three-dimensional Euro-American style in the 1915 to 1920 period. Unlike Lujan and Looking Elk, who predominately painted scenes of Taos buildings and landscapes selling to tourist, Mirabal differed by depicting ceremonial dances at the Pueblo, something no Taos Pueblo artist had done. From the 1930’s Mirabal’s work shows a decidedly Cubist influence learning a modernist painting from Marjorie Eaton. The piece is hand signed in the lower right “Juan Mirabel Taos Pueblo 1936.” The inherent design and color sense along with the documenting of ceremonial rituals is what makes Juan Mirabal’s paintings come to life. The piece is done a paper and is adhered to a green matte, of the same age as the painting. Both show considerable age with some slight damage, which in a sense adds to the overall appeal and look of the item. Provenance: From the renowned Sundog Fine Art Bozeman, Montana collection and collected by Bruce VanLandingham. Bruce VanLandingham was a pillar in the American Indian collecting community and a respected expert. Along with being an avid collector Bruce also was the sole owner of Sundog Fine Art in Bozeman which was both part museum and gallery. Measures overall 17.75”x14.25”. Juan Mirabal paintings are exceedingly scarce with most being from the estate collection of Marjorie Eaton. Juan Mirabal was said to be the son of the Governor of Taos Pueblo. His works are displayed in the Harwood Foundation in Taos.
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Original Juan Mirabal Taos Pueblo Painting c. 1936